I DON’T know about you, but sometimes early in the morning I struggle. It’s not just having to get up to work and face the day. Instead, some mornings, a swarm of thoughts and worries appear in my mind when I wake up. This doesn’t happen every morning, but when it does, it’s unsettling to say the least.
Today, the storm of negativity was particularly intense, and for some reason it made me think back to last year. Back then, I thought life was a challenge. Plus, I knew many people all over the world were facing their limits. Life wasn’t easy in 2019… but what about compared to 2020?
So much more has been heaped upon our plates.
There I was, phantoms swirling around me filling me with fear and doubt. I could not focus on my morning prayers at all. I thought, “Goodness. Is my brain short circuiting?”
So I dug in and pushed forward. I knew the enemy wanted me to get swept away in my negativity. It was unpleasant. Disturbing. My heart began to beat harder. I grasped for clarity.
And then a few words escaped from my lips, almost unconsciously. They said:
“Lord, I can’t do this without you. I need your help.”
And that’s all I needed to move forward. These are miracle making words.
By simply stating that I don’t have all the answers, I was set free. As my soul confessed that I don’t have control over everything, my mind was at ease.
Today’s reality is super complex. There are so many moving parts. New layers of decision making have been added to everyday life. We’re all growing and adjusting, but it still stresses us out.
The world generates conflicting dialogs inside us. We witness a multitude of opinions and postures—about health, race, politics, and religion—and we just can’t fit all the pieces into the puzzle. And our brains fizzle a bit these days.
This morning I returned to some fundamental truths. So I’m telling myself:
Don’t deny the chaos and friction, but don’t get angry about it.
Resist the temptation to close your mind and heart.
It’s okay to not have all the answers. It’s okay to not have control over everything.
Don’t sink into despair.
And suddenly, in the middle of my doubts and fears, my faith gains even more importance.
Our faith doesn’t give us all the answers for this world, but it does prepare us for what comes in the next. And from that solid, spacious place—your soul at rest with God—you can see today from a different perspective.
You can value, even more, the blessings God gives you.
You can cherish, even more, God’s grace revealing Jesus to you.
You can love, even more, since you are set free of doubts and worries.
And you can continue forward in this incredible journey of human life.
“Lord, I don’t want to walk without you. I need you.”
Miracle making words.
So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
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